Paula Ganzi Licata

Writer | Journalist | Essayist | Author | Blogger

I am an award-winning writer and a contributor to Newsday and The New York Times, including the Modern Love column and Opinionated. In my freelance career, I’ve written hundreds of articles and essays for a range of publications covering such diverse issues as roadside memorials to installing a bat house in the backyard. My material often comes from the stuff of everyday life, such as getting caught re-gifting after Christmas. I recently completed a memoir, “Last Call: Surviving a Alcoholic – A Widow’s Memoir” and blog about navigating widowhood, surviving life with an alcoholic and Baby Boomer dating.


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 “Paula Ganzi Licata writes with honesty and zest that gets to the heart of the matter.” – Phillip Lopate (essayist, novelist, poet, editor and author of 14 books, including Bachelorhood, Against Joie de Vivre, Writing New York, and Being with Children- numerous publishers)

“Paula Ganzi Licata has a knack for sharing her life’s sticky situations and dreaded moments with readers. yet she always proves that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Her humor and wisdom shine bright.” – Bill German (author of the memoir Under Their Thumb: How a Nice Boy from a Brooklyn Got Mixed Up with the Rolling Stones (and Lived to Tell About it) (Villard, 2009))

“Paula Ganzi Licata is a genuine voice, a self-confident essayist and social critic whose aim is to both inform and delight.”Paula Uruburu (author of American Eve (Riverhead, 2008))